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is wasting its cash trying to build a false democracy in the region. i. were sitting down with peter van buren state department foreign service officer who a few years ago had it anyway raqi reconstruction team then he came back home and wrote a book titled we meant well how i helped lose the battle for the hearts and minds of the iraqi people and now he says the se department wanting fired because of the book what what's in the book that they don't like so much stuff i'm sure when you throw parties the clowns they sometimes get angry state department is a lot like the mafia you don't talk about the family outside the family and the state department was i think bothered by the fact that i told the true story of what happened in iraq which contradicts what they've been putting out through the media for almost eight years now tell me a little bit more about the projects that you were involved in as part of this
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nation building a team that in the sponsored by the united states why do you think those projects failed around two thousand and seven a number of state department people were sent to iraq to spend a lot of money to rebuild the country and hopefully create a nation that was going to be our ally and friend and a happy spot in the middle east didn't work that way. instead what happened was that we were sent over there with almost unlimited funds but no vision we had lots of time and lots of people but no one in charge we lacked many things including adult supervision so instead of the long term coordinated efforts that real development work requires we got short term efforts that were thrown together not guided by any broader philosophy and almost were required to fail the very first thing that happened to me was i was presented by my team mates with a fraudulent receipt to sign they had over spent three thousand dollars on snacks
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for a conference and wanted me to sign off on a priest a receipt for printing to make it all right they then tried to talk me into spending twenty five thousand dollars to buy a few sheep to give away to a few widows and that was are going to be our contribution to democracy in the war effort the more i was a fraud it was as close to we were going to buy some sheep from a guy who was going to give them to his relatives who were going to raise them and put the rest in his pocket you could buy a toyota for what we were going to pay for sheep in iraq. the problem was that these were not isolated incidents what i thought might have been just a really bad first day at work turned out to be evocative of the entire year of our peoples and there was like a systematic squandering of resources there absolutely the squandering of resources occurred at very small levels of thousand dollars a couple thousand dollars here and there and zoomed all the way up into hundreds of millions of dollars that were spent on hospitals that never opened or prisons that
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never took any prisoners in the united states lacked a plan constantly being forced into short term solutions we were constantly being asked to produce publicity stills and have something ready by next thursday for the photographers to show up c.n.n. is coming over the weekend better get something ready none of these things were part of the long term the slow work of development that really is necessary if you're serious about rebuilding a country i want to read something to him please here is some use i write the government watchdogs have raised the alarm about billions of dollars of war zone waste and fraud are falling silent or are missing in action this new. item is actually about the commission in wartime contracting and that charter that they were working under it has expired and has not being renewed and i'm just going to tell our viewers that this commission on wartime contracting claimed waste and fraud may have siphoned off up to sixty billion dollars from contracts in iraq and
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afghanistan now this watchdog could be out of business are you surprised who might be interested in it i'm actually ashamed that the commission on wartime contracting is going out of business and there's actually more to it than even the story that you just shared with your viewers first of all the state department has attempted to exempt itself from the scrutiny of the committee that you refer to the state department has claimed that it was not part of wartime contracting that it was involved in diplomacy. and therefore not controlled by that organization and they didn't want them to peek into what the state department was doing even worse the committee as it's dissolved has sealed all of its records and no one will be allowed to see any of the results of its work except what's already been published until two thousand and thirty one so the things that the committee on wartime contracting uncovered the incredible amounts of waste fraud and mismanagement that they documented in the limited public documents that they do produce all of that is
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being swept away i don't know how old i'm going to be in two thousand and thirty one i'm going to be a lot older than i am now but it's shameful shameful that we will not be able to see that information why aren't they allowed to publish that before the either official version is that there may be classified information in some of their reports that needs to remain undercover for that long i think most intelligent people realize that the reporting from the committee is so horrific it needs to be put away to avoid embarrassing the government even further the u.s. government says we brought freedom and democracy to iraq doesn't matter on what grounds will end if they're true or false they prove to be false but anyways with that rate of a terrible man in power and we are building a democratic society there that's the argument you wear out there in the field what is the reality on the ground as you saw it first of all i don't think you can
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dismiss so casually because us that sent america to war in iraq we entered the iraq war under the guise of looking for weapons of mass destruction when we didn't find any as if there ever worry we then changed it to the new medium which is all we got rid of saddam he was a terrible man and brought freedom to iraq. saddam was not a nice guy i'm not here to defend him no one could possibly defend his actions however. we killed over one hundred thousand iraqi citizens some of them were killed or rectally by the united states some of them were killed in the sectarian violence that we set loose in the aftermath of our invasion of iraq today remains in the bottom percentages of any statistic the u.n. cares to count access to water access to medical care access to education iraq is not a place that represents the investment of sixty three billion dollars in reconstruction funds iraq has had a number of elections but it doesn't have
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a democracy press reports are constantly reporting secret prisons militias targeted killings government killing soldiers people in military uniforms committing assassinations bombs going off none of those things are indicative of democracy i think if that's what freedom represents most iraqis are not very comfortable with it and i think the united states failed in its efforts to bring freedom to iraq there's one thing that very few in washington admit and that is that is the heat. actually they're talking about whether or not it was immoral to invade iraq a but not quite about defeat and what were you writing in this book is like a raw material of failure or do you really see it as such as a defeat absolutely i actually title the title of the book actually includes the catchphrase i helped lose this war and i accept my responsibility for not doing
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better than i should have and still am very most americans really don't understand why their government continues spending so much money in iraq they were told about the withdrawals by next year and now they hear that washington is maneuvering to stay there be yond that deadline what's your feeling why it is washington want to stay in iraq who benefits from it i myself i'm not sure why the united states has spent and continues to spend so much money in iraq i think one of the old sayings when you're in a hole the first thing you do is stop digging does apply. the united states has said that if someone benefits from it so one does not know the iraqi people they made it clear that they don't you know they but they but do they have a say when their government gets all that money from the u.s. and essentially does you know i don't think any of the money is going to the iraqi people i think a lot of the money their government is going to government leaders i think a lot of the money just disappears no one knows where billions of dollars actually physically actually went however it is interesting to note that iraq is planning to
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buy a lot of weapons from the united states iraq is hoping to buy a number of f. sixteen s they already have bought and will continue to buy and one tanks from us all of these are very expensive toys and more importantly come with very long tails each of these tanks requires maintenance requires spare parts requires extra equipment and requires trainers and mechanics it's not like buying a car where you get the state department pushes those contracts oh i know for a fact that we do it's one of the duties of the state department is to help sell american products overseas and we work very closely in a number of countries around the world with the military in order to sell american weapons that's not a secret to iraq in any way whatsoever foreign military sales represent a significant duty of the military in conjunction with the state department overseas what is difficult about iraq is that this is a country that doesn't seem in a position to afford these type of things iraq is
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a country where people don't have access to water don't have access to medical care don't have access to electricity and instead of spending on those things their government is buying weapons and indebting itself to the united states for years to come something seems wrong there now i understand what the state department wants you fired but thank you very much for the senate thank you very much i. i am this nature and discover its beauty. in the lead a communicate with the wild. test yourself and become free to. see what nature can give you
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youngsters and more on that map in just a second. if you with us this is sports day we have got plenty ahead this hour including these stories in peru. moving on up to now moscow in leapfrog city rivals spartak unlockable chief interest third spot in the russian from a. new track same story after one champion sebastian vettel storms to victory at the inaugural indian grand prix leading from start to finish in new delhi. on final countdown we catch up with russian top ten tennis star virat is valerie over who's her views on the next weekend's davis cup decider with first timers the czech republic. but we start with football words first win in three
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games seeing them rise to third place in the russian premier league the blue and white seeing off bottom dwellers in the first of sunday's two clashes the visitors essentially wrapping up victory in the opening half in siberia per former but in this league of stars making that difference is a visit me sim of getting things going with a sublime free kick twenty eight minutes in before kevin karami showed his class coolly finding the space to finish to the back of the net six minutes from the break to know that's how it would and final regular season clash with spartak moscow next weekend will now decide who finishes third. in the last march of game week twenty nine clearly a savvy out software a goal to good for f.c. terek in some aura the hosts taking the lead through anton bobber with half an hour on the clock that direct running though would result in the game being tied one one
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after thirty six minutes but the second half would belong to crewe the apollo. them on regaining the lead for his team it minutes after time to on the final score to trip. over to the english game or tottenham join chelsea on newcastle in third place in the premier league that is after care of london rivals queens park rangers on sunday brace from feel some wage by a rock feel van der vaart strike. on this one with roy did reply for rangers but the home side who dominated the white hart lane charge just now able to boast a record of six wins from seven games. the action continues later on monday with a new costly aiming to take control of the third position from spurs the magpies away to mid table still. on the leaders manchester city of the only unbeaten side so far this season. the spanish primarily good table has a more familiar ring to it this monday with real madrid and barcelona sides to
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catch however the only after the leaders heading into the weekend suffered their first loss of the campaign little brought down to earth also the sides free flowing attack which serves them so well this might have riots and. getting us to know the more minutes from the break that's followed up moments later by a spot of head tennis one francisco nino eventually getting things grounded to make it to you no doubt to be the final reckoning the surrendering the chance to begin with tom then. it is business as usual on the former no one track the man already crying champion this season sebastian vettel winning the nor girl indian grand prix in new delhi prior to the race there was a minute's silence for a g.p. rider marco simoncelli who died in a crash last week in malaysia to the auction where vettel who started from pole
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gradually increased his. advantage over the chasing pocket early on and he never the by the german eventually finishing eight point four seconds ahead of the current jenson button for henri's fernando alonso was a distant third almost twenty five seconds behind the winner vettel is red bull teammate mark webber was fourth after the race the double world champion took the time to remember some shelley weld in indy car story tragically died a week before he hit. on the one hand i'm very very happy is the first grand prix in india and i'm very proud to be the first winner and i think we can be as a team but on the other hand looking back at last weekend we lost two of our mates . yeah i didn't know dan wheldon but my hope was that he was a big it was a big name in motor sport i got to know this year marco simoncelli and obviously our thoughts are now the drinks all together our own rule mark arroyo this week the
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northern irish golfer claiming the biggest pay packet in the sport after a victory at the first ever shanghai masters event let's start though by taking a look at the undoubted show of the day on the chinese greens world number two lee westwood hauling in one of the part three twelfth brilliant effort helping west would finish fifth overall u.s. open champion marco roy began the day with a three shot lead but had to fight back from a stroke guard to finish level with american and thank him at the number that meant a playoff with michael roy's ball inches from the cut was to make this city proceedings to the next three or four but as you see it wasn't to be a costly mistake to save a least mark a royal he would julie sink his shot to pocket a cool two million dollars not weekend at all for the twenty two year old. i haven't won enough in my four years as a pro i feel as if i could have won a lot more but. you know today was great for me you know i was under pressure on
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the back nine and you know i was as one behind before to go. you know it to be to be able to win from the opposition you know because the pittsburgh steelers have sent out a warning to the rest of the n.f.l. after a surprise win over super bowl favorites new england bet ben roethlisberger i should say the sec thing the patriots defense to overcome tom brady and co by twenty five points to seventeen the steelers had lost all but one game to the brady led pitts and seven contests pittsburgh deciding to go against the grain this time mike using short passes all day long topically new england stable and worked ruthless burger opening the score with a pass to a moore brady no he was constantly harassed by the steelers vaunted defense. putting it on the thirty four year old drawing up a loose troy polamalu on the send the ball all the way back into the end zone for a two pound safety score twenty five seventeen as i say with. the rose
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benefited from world series baseball champions this and louis cardinals being in attendance for their clash the home team stunning the new orleans saints for their first win of their season stephen jackson with the first touchdown making ten zero to st still trailing by ten in the fourth before dari ensured intercepted to braise taking in the first six that day was to belong to the rams the side wearing throwback jersey to honor their british show on turf squad which won the super bowl in one thousand nine hundred nine thirty one twenty one the score this time. tennis where patrick event of a house won the end of season w t a champ and chips in istanbul following a three set victory over victoria azarenka twenty one year old czech afraid of a edging a title or seventy five but her twenty two year old better russian opponent stormed back in the second to take it six four four say decider the third set though was to belong to wimbledon champion conceded are wrapping up the tournament on a six scoreline to victory also ensuring two feet of it will end the season ranked
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career high number two there is no. can we develop will now lead the czech republic team in their fed cup final against russia next weekend verizon rio over finding out first hand in istanbul what can feed if i can do on the courts losing to the wimbledon champ in straight sets in the group stages r t caught up with the russian ahead of moscow's must've. when it comes to the. emotions they're special and you could never experience that when you play individual competition and definitely that. brings a lot of determination a lot of desire hopefully we can create great competition czech republic is very strong and very consistent they have a lot of good players they are not only good in singles but they also good so it's going to be yeah it's going to be a tough challenge but we're excited about it and we've got
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a great players and we can easily form two. teams and it is great because we've got a lot of choices at the same time you know. because. sometimes we try to find the perfect combination between singles and. trying to. sometimes it's not easy because we have so many choices. people and we want everyone to play for the team but there are only spots for four players but. i think the level of our team is very strong going to always support each other and we've always. been able to. just. you know i think people look at my season and i think they have a. wrong perception of it because. finals last year.
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was a very consistent year for me in. that i lost in the grand slams they you know really well throughout the season i really have bad matches throughout the whole season the first. deep into the tournament so i had a very consistent year no matter what and i think pretty satisfied about it of course i will. to go beat father and of course i wanted to reach another grand slam final but it's something i'm working on i'm working on my game every single day i'm trying to improve and you know hopefully it will pay off yeah i should be quite weekend off tennis i had thought as all the sports not happy hello to everybody i'll see you in just under two hours time for more sport by from.
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syria's president bashar al assad believes the unrest in his country has been broad increasing international calls to end the violence. scores of occupy protesters
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arrested across the u.s. in confrontations with police. drama of. billions of dollars. russia has. trade organization. clinton and. good to have you with us here on r t our top story syria's president questioned the true nature of the opposition forces trying to bring his regime to its knees interview with a russian t.v. channel bashar al assad claims the campaign is being funded from abroad from iran.

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